When someone talks of Italy, the first name that comes to your mind is definitely Venice, or maybe Rome itself. However, there are many other places that are so stunningly beautiful that one can only stop and stare. For instance, the city of Palermo in Sicily, which has been standing tall since over 2,750 years!
Touched with culture that is evident in gothic churches, palaces, buildings and its Roman architecture; Palermo is also known for its nightlife, food and music.
The city was once covered with walls like most of the ancient towns were at the time.There still are remains of the City Wall around Corso Alberto and some other places where you can see how it has stood since medieval times.
However, one should definitely start touring the city by visiting the museums and palaces that almost send you back to the years when it really was a part of the kingdoms. You might want to try out the Palazzo dei Normanni which is regarded as one of the most beautiful examples of Italian architecture. Or you could try out the Zisa that has been there for around nine centuries serving kings and queens for hunting purposes.
As far as the museums are concerned you must not miss out the Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas where the remnants of up to four civilizations have been preserved and the Palazzo Abatellis, a gothic Catalan styled gallery that houses some of the most amazing artworks and architectural wonders.
Any trip to Palermo would be incomplete without paying homage to the churches and the great architects who made them. You should make a list including, and starting with Palermo Cathedral, San Cataldo’s Church, Chiesa della Martorana, and Church of the Gesu, at the very least.
Of course, how can anyone miss the Italian beaches? And Palermo has multiple and colorful ones. There is the Mondello Beach, Aspra Beach with its colorful boats, Cefalu Beach and last but the bestthe San Vito Lo Capo Beach. This last one is so serene that you would be torn between spending the days here orchecking out the whole city. It is a small resort but attracts a lot of attention, so make sure you are there when it is not crowded otherwise you will miss all the fun.
In the end, Palermo, Sicily is a place that will require at least a week of your time for you to thoroughly enjoy it; so plan wisely.